“Duchess Says provides an unforgettable live experience that no one else can hold a candle to.”
-Max Freedman, Post-Trash
Duchess Says was created in 2003 by four influent members of the Church of Budgerigars who decided to collaborate together in a common musical project. Their goal was to ensure a faithful representation of the message of the Duchess (or spiritual budgie) through a precise artistic dialog. Composed of A-Claude (vox, keytar, guitar), Ismael (keyboard, guitar), Phil (guitar, bass, feedbacks) and Simon Says (lo-fi beats, drums, and doubtful noises), Duchess Says is serving a repertory of “moog rock” songs strong in images and enormously intense live performances. Their musical influences range from no wave to new wave and punk, with strong links and references to cinema and visual arts. With creative grandeur and unique panache, Duchess Says come to slay.
Duchess Says has a penchant for performing in the most unusual places, such as golf courses, shop windows, vacant building sites, and anywhere else that might strike their fancy. During their decade and some together, Duchess Says have released three albums (most recently 2016’s Science Nouvelles), four EPs, and have toured extensively through Canada, USA, and a U.K. tour supporting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. With a touch of the bizarre, a veil of obscurity, and a dusting of the absurd, this Montreal Synth-Punk band is sure to capture your attention with their energetic and multi-faceted live show—come see what Duchess Says has in store for us northerners at the 2017 DCMF!